The Love Hearts Appeal - UK Coast to Coast Cycling Challenge -

The Love Hearts Appeal – UK Coast to Coast Cycling Challenge

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  • Conquer this iconic cycling challenge from the West coast to the East coast of England for The Love Hearts Appeal
  • Dip your wheels into both the Irish and North Seas
  • Cycle through the stunning Lake District and Northumbria National Parks
  • Follow sections of the historic Hadrian’s Wall
  • Triumph over the impressive Hartside Pass 1900m (580m) above sea level
  • Experience this epic 145 mile fully supported journey across the UK on two wheels
  • Registration fee: £85 per person and remaining balance £320pp
  • Fundraise for The Love Hearts Appeal.

Be inspired by some of the most dramatic scenery England has to offer on this iconic cycling challenge from the West Coast to the East Coast of England. Departing from the coast of West Cumbria at Whitehaven, this challenging route covers approximately 145 miles before reaching the welcome sight of the North Sea at Whitley Bay. The stunning route crosses the northern edge of the Lake District, then climbs into the dramatic landscapes of the northern Pennines. Following the ancient fringes of Hadrian’s Wall, it then heads down to the coastline of Whitley Bay. Conquer this iconic cycling challenge for The Love Hearts Appeal.

Registration fee: £85 per person at the time of booking. Please note, this registration fee is non-refundable.
Remaining balance: £320 per person. Payment due no later than 4 weeks prior to the event start date
Sponsorship: Participants asked to raise as much sponsorship as they can for taking part in this epic cycling challenge. Why not set yourself a goal of raising £5 per mile which equates to £725 per person or set yourself a bigger challenge and raise £10 per mile which equates to a fantastic £1,450 per person. Your fundraising will make a huge difference to the The Love Hearts Appeal.

The Love Hearts appeal funds groundbreaking research that could help save the lives of children undergoing heart transplants. The project aims to understand the cause of the most common reason for transplant failure and find out what steps could be taken to overcome it. To hear more about the work of The Love Hearts Appeal from Catherine MacLachlan, please feel free to watch The Love Hearts video:



Before your event

  • Access to your personalised account
  • Personalised event support in the lead up to your event from Adventurous Ewe
  • Final details email containing all the info you need to know before your event
  • GPX files of the route
  • Discount on personal kit from Cotswold Outdoor, Snow & Rock and Cycle Surgery retail stores both in shop and online
  • Public liability insurance
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning.

During your event

  • Event briefing at the start of each day of cycling
  • Qualified Cycling Leader and support cycling guide/s
  • Bike mechanic and support crew
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Inner tubes and basic bike kit available in the support vehicle to purchase if required by participants
  • Support vehicle/s and driver/s
  • Luggage transfers
  • Checkpoints with drinking water and snacks during your ride
  • All logistical and safety management
  • Event communications
  • Travel from Liverpool Airport to Whithaven inclusive of bike and luggage transfer 
  • 2-nights accommodation. Night one in Whithaven and night two in Alston (twin share basis)
  • Check-points with snacks and water provided
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners in Whithaven and Alston
  • Risk and safety management


  • Clothing and equipment on your Kit List (please note, helmets must be worn at all times whilst cycling)
  • Hire bikes are available for this event at a cost of £85 per bike including helmet, delivery and collection transfer. The bikes are hybrid bikes and are sized according to your height. To reserve your bike please email
  • Overnight accommodation and dinner on completion of the challenge
  • Any costs associated with retiring from the challenge early, ie. accommodation, return travel home, etc.
  • Personal spending money
  • On completion of the challenge, a return transfer from Whitley Bay (finish point) to your hotel in Whitley Bay or Newcastle can be organised at an additional cost of £20pp including luggage & bike transfer
  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport on the day after the completion of your challenge
  • Bike transfer from Whitley Bay to Jersey at a cost of £65 per bike (minimum of 8 bikes) + estimated ferry fee of £350 split between transfer bookings.


The easiest way to book onto this event is online via this web-page. Simply click Dates and Availability and complete the online registration form. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £85.00 at the time of booking.

Registration fee: £85 per person at the time of booking. Please note, this registration fee is non-refundable.
Remaining balance: £320 per person. Payment due no later than 4 weeks prior to the event start date
Sponsorship: Participants asked to raise as much sponsorship as they can for taking part in this epic cycling challenge. Why not set yourself a goal of raising £5 per mile which equates to £725 per person or set yourself a bigger challenge and raise £10 per mile which equates to a fantastic £1,450 per person. Your fundraising will make a huge difference to the The Love Hearts Appeal.

Please get in touch with us at or call 01492 588 069 if you would like any further information on The Love Hearts Appeal UK Coast to Coast Cycling Challenge.


Day 1


Friday 6th September 2019

Organise your own flights to Liverpool airport where you will be met and transferred to the start of your cycling challenge in Whithaven. This transfer is available for a maximum of 16 people. In Whithaven you will meet the team, your Adventurous Ewe Cycling Leader and Crew. There’s time to sort out your kit in preparation for your epic cycling journey across the UK. You will have a full event and safety briefing prior to dinner. Overnight accommodation and dinner included.                                                                                                           

Day 2

Whitehaven – Alston  

Saturday 7th September 2019

The iconic cycling challenge begins from the shores of the Irish Sea with the customary wheel dipping ceremony before leaving the town of Whithaven and heading east. You will soon be travelling along a disused railway line heading towards the rolling green landscape of the Lake District. There are some challenging hill climbs this morning with your first real test as you make the long ascent up to the forested pass at Whinlatter. After approximately 25 miles you will have the opportunity to refuel at a checkpoint, before the descent into the market town of Keswick.  Soon after you’ll enjoy a well-deserved lunch in the small village of Threkeld. After this break, you will cycle through the beautiful rolling countryside of Cumbria, passing through Greystoke, Penrith onto the River Eden and Langwathby. After about an hour and a half the scenery – and the gradient – changes as you start the climb to Hartside Pass. The road zigzags its way up the side of the hill to the summit at 580m (1903ft). Whilst not the steepest hill on this cycling challenge, it is a steady climb up the 3-4 miles to the cafe at the top – the highest in England. Then it’s a freewheel down towards the picturesque Pennine village of Alston. Here you will have warm welcome in a family run B&B and enjoy a well-earned dinner. There will be a briefing on the following day’s cycling route.

Day 3

Alston – Whitley Bay

Sunday 8th September 2019

Following a good night’s rest and fuelled by a full English breakfast, you will set off to Whitley Bay and the North Sea via the historic Hadrian’s Wall. The day begins by heading north through the spectacular Northumberland National Park. You will have a short stop at Chesters Fort, set high up on a dramatic escarpment of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Site. After a quick refuel, you will continue East, circling Newcastle and arriving at the finish point of St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay. This welcome sight gives you the chance to complete this famed cycling challenge by dipping your bikes into the North Sea to cement your achievement. There’s a great sense of achievement as you appreciate that you have just crossed England by your very own pedal power and all in support of The Love Hearts Appeal! There is the option for a transfer to your hotel in either Whitley Bay or Newcastle for an additional cost of £20 per person which includes your bike and luggage. Please note, hotel accommodation on the final night is not included in this package.


Cycling experience and level of difficulty

We recommend participants bring either a road bike or hybrid with front and rear working lights. Cycle helmets must we warn at all times. Bikes can be hired for £85.00 per bike which includes a cycling helmet, delivery and collection transfers.

This is a tough cycling event with a couple of challenging ascents and descents. The roads will all be open to other traffic therefore it is your responsibility to negotiate safely around the route and to comply with all road traffic regulations.

To complete this challenge comfortably, it is preferable that you have previous cycling experience. The cycling is not technically difficult, though you must be a confident cyclist with a good level of fitness and comfortable with long distances in the saddle. During the ride you will be required to carry your own snacks, drinking water and personal items such medication, wet weather jacket and sun-screen.

Timings for completing this cycling challenge will vary depending on the pace of your group, weather conditions and any other occurrences such as road works, etc.

Previous experience on multi day rides is not required. Full instructions and support will be provided by your Cycling Leader and the crew is there to support you throughout this event.


All luggage, food, water is carried by support vehicles. You will be expected to carry items needed during the day: water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, waterproofs, mobile phone (for emergency contact details) and any personal medication, etc. Cycling is on terrain ranging from good B grade sealed roads to open cycle paths. There is short sections along A grade sealed roads as well.

Hire bikes and helmets may be provided or participants are welcome to bring their own. All hire bikes will be delivered to the starting point and collected at the finishing point and these are hybrid bikes. Cycling helmets are provided as part of the hire cost however participants are welcome to bring their own helmet if they wish. Bike hire cost is £85 per bike and includes two-day hire, helmet, bike delivery and collection transfers.


Adventurous Ewe prioritises the safety of all of their clients and staff, and as such have developed a thorough Safety Management System. This encompasses comprehensive risk assessments and procedures together with audits of all aspects of your challenge from vehicles to accommodation to the cycling activity. Your health and safety is our top priority.

In terms of your Coast to Coast Cycling Challenge, there are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • You will be cycling mainly on B roads and cycle path. There will be occasions you will be cycling on A roads however this will only be for short a distance
  • All our Cycling Leaders are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies
  • You should be prepared for all weather conditions with adequate clothing.


All our Adventurous Ewe Guides are qualified Cycling Leaders and have been carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience on your cycling journey with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. All Leaders are first aid trained as well. As part of our support crew we also provide a bike mechanic for minor bike repairs. The support vehicle/s carry a fully stocked first aid kit and spare bike parts and inner tubes which are available for purchase if needed.


Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering events in a responsible and ethical manner and with sustainable development at its core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures and events to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!

Some of the ethical event management features embedded in our Coast to Coast Cycling Challenge are:

  • Using local crew who are qualified Guides, support crew, cooks and drivers who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced
  • Staying in locally owned accommodation
  • Minimising plastic use wherever possible
  • Operating a ‘leave not trace’ ethos.


Difficulty Rating
This challenge has a rating of Medium
£ 405.00

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